How can technology revive the travel industry?
How can technology revive the travel industry?

The industry now has a unique opportunity to reevaluate, restrategise, and create robust structures better suited to roll with the pandemic punches...

By Greg Cooke 15 Feb 2021

Introducing Babanango Game Reserve - an exciting new reserve in the heart of Zululand
Introducing Babanango Game Reserve - an exciting new reserve in the heart of Zululand

Babanango Game Reserve promises a captivating bush experience, and they definitely deliver on their promise. Situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, this new kid on the block is something special...

By Di Brown 4 Feb 2021

7 easy ways to help support South African restaurants and wineries during Level 3
7 easy ways to help support South African restaurants and wineries during Level 3

It is no dispute that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions - lockdown, curfew and the alcohol ban (as necessary as they have been in certain circumstances) - have had a devastating effect on South Africa's hospitality and wine industries...

By Ruth Cooper 1 Feb 2021

Virtual reality and tourism in 2021
Virtual reality and tourism in 2021

"Virtual reality, or VR, is something that we have heard a lot about over the last few months - especially in response to Covid-19. It is becoming a big part of travel and tourism with many questions cropping up on what it looks like, how it works and, most importantly, how we can leverage it."

By Chelsey Hale 25 Jan 2021

Staycation in Stellenbosch with Adventure Shop cycle tours and at the historical Eendracht Hotel
Staycation in Stellenbosch with Adventure Shop cycle tours and at the historical Eendracht Hotel

One trend that was on the rise pre-Covid and is now more popular than ever due to obvious reasons, such as travel restrictions, safety and budget, is the idea of the staycation. One such destination perfect for a quick escape in the Western Cape is the small student town of Stellenbosch just an hour or so out of Cape Town...

By Ruth Cooper 22 Jan 2021

"To close, or not to close?" the question that plagues restaurant owners
"To close, or not to close?" the question that plagues restaurant owners

With the curfew still in place and increasing fear around the new strain and second wave of Covid-19 infections, many restaurants are struggling to operate at a profit...

By Evan-Lee Courie 22 Jan 2021

Meet Monika Iuel, the new chief marketing officer at Wesgro
Meet Monika Iuel, the new chief marketing officer at Wesgro

Monika Iuel has been appointed as the new chief marketing officer at Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape...

By Evan-Lee Courie 19 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Finding purpose and wellbeing through travel
#BizTrends2021: Finding purpose and wellbeing through travel

So what will travel look like in 2021 and going forward? One is understandably hesitant to make any confident predictions apart from the most obvious one being that 2021 will most likely continue to be a very difficult year for the global travel and tourism sector. If I had to highlight a few travel trends for the coming year and beyond, these would stand out...

By Mariette du Toit-Helmbold 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The value shift - how the travel customer has changed
#BizTrends2021: The value shift - how the travel customer has changed

For those of us who work in the travel industry, we know that travel as we knew and loved it, is over. As consumers grapple with uncertainty during this time, their purchasing behaviour has become more erratic and quite frankly almost impossible to predict...

By Natalia Rosa 6 Jan 2021

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#BizTrends2021: 5 government interventions urgently-needed to support air transport, tourism sector

The air transport industry was one of the hardest hit in 2020 with traffic and revenues falling off a cliff at the end of last March following the imposition of worldwide Covid-19 containment restrictions on travel...

By Muhammad Ali Albakri 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The 2020 hotel crash and 2021 crystal ball
#BizTrends2021: The 2020 hotel crash and 2021 crystal ball

The South African hospitality industry was well on its way to break records in 2020 until Covid-19 became our reality. Derek Martin, founder and CEO of TrevPAR World looks at how Covid-19 impacted the industry and what is needed for recovery...

By Derek Martin 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: How the aviation industry is taking off during the pandemic
#BizTrends2021: How the aviation industry is taking off during the pandemic

Safety protocol, communication and collaboration across industries is key to economic recovery...

By Anand Yedery 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Together we can do so much more
#BizTrends2021: Together we can do so much more

Twenty-twenty was a devastating year for South Africa's tourism industry - but it was also the year that we came together as one tourism community and saw the power of true alignment and collaboration...

By David Frost 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Understanding your "why" - establishing a new norm through purpose-driven actions
#BizTrends2021: Understanding your "why" - establishing a new norm through purpose-driven actions

In a year when we arguably found ourselves with more time on our hands than ever before, thanks to the Covid-19 lockdowns, the upside was the opportunity to step back from our hectic diaries, to consider the cost to society of our relentless focus on corporate profit.

By Ramsay Rankoussi 6 Jan 2021

5 reasons to stay at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna
5 reasons to stay at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna

From the unusual design to the picturesque location, there are many reasons to stay at the unique power-station-turned-boutique-hotel, The Turbine Hotel and Spa in Knysna...

By Ruth Cooper 25 Nov 2020

Enjoy laid-back yet luxurious beachside accommodation at The Bungalow in Plett
Enjoy laid-back yet luxurious beachside accommodation at The Bungalow in Plett

Synonymous with family holidays, post-matric parties, à la Plett Rage and surf safaris, the small yet vibey seaside town of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape is an ideal holiday destination for both families and solo travellers...

By Ruth Cooper 19 Nov 2020

7 outdoor adventure activities in Plett and Knysna
7 outdoor adventure activities in Plett and Knysna

Now that the lockdown levels have eased and the travel ban to South Africa has lifted, both locals and overseas visitors can start planning their December holiday trips in the country. Plettenberg Bay and Knysna along the Garden Route in the Western Cape are great holiday destinations for outdoor adventures...

By Ruth Cooper 17 Nov 2020

For the sake of Bree Street Culture - Matt Manning opens new wine bar
For the sake of Bree Street Culture - Matt Manning opens new wine bar

The Chef Patron at Grub & Vine/The Chef's Studio, Matt Manning, recently introduced Cape Town to a new wine bar, Culture...

By Ilse van den Berg 5 Nov 2020

Survival of the wisest - embracing wisdom under pressure
Survival of the wisest - embracing wisdom under pressure

While it would be unfair to say that the hospitality and tourism sectors were hardest hit when the struggle has been global, this year has certainly forced us to face up to inevitable questions around our future survival prospects...

By Ramsay Rankoussi 4 Nov 2020

Sun International's The Table Bay is officially reopened for business
Sun International's The Table Bay is officially reopened for business

Following seven long months of lockdown, Sun International's five-star Table Bay Hotel will once again throw open its doors to guests as of today, 30 October, making it the final hotel in the group to reopen...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Oct 2020

Explore an active volcano on Reunion Island now that it is open for travel
Explore an active volcano on Reunion Island now that it is open for travel

Ryan Enslin reminisces about connecting with Mother Nature on Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, in Reunion Island, now that it is open and welcoming visitors...

By Ryan Enslin 20 Oct 2020

#2020AfricaBrandSummit: Policy uncertainty is halting the recovery of SA's tourism sector
#2020AfricaBrandSummit: Policy uncertainty is halting the recovery of SA's tourism sector

"Instituting policy certainty is important - we should be able to ensure that people understand that when they arrive in South Africa, that they won't face confusion at airports and many other different places where tourism takes place," said Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of TBCSA.

By Robin Fredericks 16 Oct 2020

What will the restaurant industry look like post-Covid?
What will the restaurant industry look like post-Covid?

Well the answer is, of course, that nobody knows, because nobody knows how a global epidemic plays out. But assuming that we don't end up in some apocalyptic scenario where old buttons are our only meaningful currency and we end up living on a diet of artisanal pool algae, there will be restaurants. And we will go to them. But what will the industry look like?..

By John Davenport, Issued by Havas Johannesburg 8 Oct 2020

How to explore the wild at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
How to explore the wild at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo has plenty on offer when it comes to exploring the wild...

By Di Brown 30 Sep 2020

Covid has completely altered the travel industry - and it's not all bad
Covid has completely altered the travel industry - and it's not all bad

After having endured one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, it is understandable that South Africans have become much more appreciative of the prospect of travel and the many joys that it brings to their lives...

By Sue Garrett 23 Sep 2020

#DoBizZA: Despite Covid-19 health eatery Poké Co expands - Q&A with founder Andrew Flanagan
#DoBizZA: Despite Covid-19 health eatery Poké Co expands - Q&A with founder Andrew Flanagan

Despite the challenges facing the food and beverage industry as a result of Covid-19, Andrew Flanagan, founder of health food restaurant Poké Co, recently opened his fourth store...

By Ruth Cooper 23 Sep 2020

#DoBizZA: Buy local, drink responsibly to kickstart craft beer recovery
#DoBizZA: Buy local, drink responsibly to kickstart craft beer recovery

With tasting rooms shut for months and retail sales restricted, many local breweries have shed jobs, and some have been forced to shut down entirely...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Sep 2020

6 ways hotels can show customers love
6 ways hotels can show customers love

The English word 'love' means different things to different people. For Rob Collins, chief operating officer of Sun International, hotels need to embrace six types of love, inspired by the Ancient Greeks.

By Eugene Yiga 1 Sep 2020

Trade shows and travel to Africa: What South Africa's top source markets reveal
Trade shows and travel to Africa: What South Africa's top source markets reveal

Keen visitors from around the world are hampered by travel advisories, insurance and air access says Africa Travel Week...

By Chelsey Hale 27 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: V&A Waterfront's Tinyiko Mageza sees opportunity everywhere
#WomensMonth: V&A Waterfront's Tinyiko Mageza sees opportunity everywhere

Tinyiko Mageza talks us through her serendipitous career journey, the women who have shaped her growth, and how the V&A aims to drive meaningful impact while adapting to the pandemic...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Aug 2020

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